In Syria the conflict continues to affect large parts of the country with escalating tensions in Homs, Aleppo, Idlib and Damascus provinces. Increased fighting has led to record high levels of new arrivals of refugees in neighbouring countries such as Jordan, where more than 10,000 people arrived between 20 and 24 January alone.
The French-led ground offensive against Islamist rebels in Mali continued on 28 January with armed forces driving Islamic insurgents out of the northern towns of Gao and Timbuktu.
In Pakistan, the World Health Organization has reported 94 measles outbreaks throughout the country in the first three weeks of January alone, describing the situation in Pakistan as alarming due to a steady increase in measles cases and deaths.
Rain and the tail-end of the cold front which affected Asia in the previous weeks have affected more than 507,000 people in Davao del Norte province, Philippines.
Last Updated: 28/01/2013 Next Update: 04/02/2013